Father of Entourage actor
He appeared in several productions with the New York Shakespeare Festival.
His Playwrights Theatre Club paved the way for the development of The Second City, a famous Chicago improvisational and sketch-comedy troupe.
He was born in Pennsylvania to Russian-Jewish parents. With his wife, Joyce Hiller, he had two children.
Mike Nichols was one of the actors who studied at Piven's Playwrights Theatre Club.